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Crowdsourcing the Patent Application Process

Very interesting story for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on using volunteer labor to help evaluate patent applications and uncover prior art which may be relelvant:

http://www.onthecommons.org/content.php?id=2414

It’s a great idea, one that makes a lot of sense, and perhaps it is the ONLY solution that can address the enormous backlog of applications (> 1 million). While still in it’s very early stages I applaud the move by the USPTO.

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